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Sid James Collection (Comic Icons) [DVD]

Sylvia Syms , Dick Emery , Gerald Thomas , Lance Comfort    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sylvia Syms, Dick Emery, Joan Sims, Jim Dale, Sid James
  • Directors: Gerald Thomas, Lance Comfort, Charles Crichton
  • Producers: John Baxter, Michael Balcon
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 14 May 2007
  • Run Time: 239 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000L42MT2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,671 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Sid James triple. In 'The Big Job' (1965), a gang of hapless crooks successfully perpetrate a robbery only to be caught after the fact. Fifteen years later they emerge from prison intent on retrieving their stolen loot - and discover that a police station has been built over its hiding place. Sylvia Syms, Dick Emery, Jim Dale and Joan Sims co-star. In 'Make Mine a Milluion' (1959), an ad-man teams up with a make-up artist in a cunning plot to advertise Bonko detergent on non-commercial television. Despite the trouble it causes, the plan proves a great success and the two chaps soon set up a pirate television station with the intention of beaming their advertisements into other company's TV shows. Again the idea proves successful - but just how long can these two go on avoiding their come-uppance? 'The Lavender Hill Mob' (1951) is a classic Ealing comedy. Nobody would ever suspect gold bullion delivery man Henry Holland (Alec Guinness) of anything other than total devotion to his job. However, with the aid of fellow lodger Pendlebury (Stanley Holloway), he gathers together a gang to carry out a heist, intending to smuggle the gold out of the country by melting it down into miniature models of the Eiffel Tower. All goes well until the consignment of models becomes muddled up with another, non-golden batch. Watch out for an early cameo by Audrey Hepburn.

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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag 14 May 2007
This set includes three films;

The Big Job

The Lavender Hill Mob

Make Mine a Million

For a Sid James fan the first of these is the gem. A well cast story of James and his gang attempting to recover some stolen loot plays a little like a live action Roadrunner cartoon. One scheme fails only to be replaced by another doomed plan. There may be no anvil but they do manage to work in a harpoon at one point. Supporting cast includes Sylvia Syms (underused in comedy but very good here), Dick Emery, Jim Dale, Lance Percival and Joan Sims. The collection is worth buying for this film alone as it is funny with a wonderful feel of the period it was made.

The Lavender Hill Mob is one of Ealing Studio's finest comedies without doubt - but hardly a Sid James vehicle. His role as one of the mob - a burglar who carries around press clippings of his most well known work - is good but the film belongs to the main stars Alec Guinness and Stanley Holloway. So an odd choice for a James centered collection.

Make Mine A Million is perhaps the weakest film on offer here. A decidedly average fifties comedy. The story of exploiting television coverage to advertise washing powder doesn't offer much chance for comedy gold. Its watchable of course but James and Askey have to work hard. If nothing else the film illustrates the love hate relationship of British cinema with the rise of television during this time.

Sid James had a long career in British films but, as someone who liked to keep busy, this often took the form of cameos or playing as part of an ensemble. It is a pity that films featuring him in a more central role could not have been included in the set but perhaps the selection illustrates this fact.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Big Job 31 May 2009
This film,in the carry on style,is great! You've got Sid James as the 'great Brain' behind a robbery that fails and hides the loot in a tree. Dereck Guyler(From Please Sir)as a Police sergeant of a small police station,who is more interested in music than police matters and his inept constable played by Jim Dale. Lance Percival and Dick Emery are perfectly cast as Sid James'sidekicks. On release from Prison the gang set out to recover the loot only to find that the tree is now in the yard of the local police station. What pursues is classic slapstick.
Joan Simms plays the landlady where the gang base themselves as it is perfectly placed opposite the Police Station. Watch out for the 'little Bustard'!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the little bustards.... 11 Jan 2008
At last one of the best 60s British comedies gets a DVD release. The Big Job is a real classic - full of silliness, visual jokes and, best of all, a great view of contemporary social attitudes courtesy of a superb Talbot Rothwell script. Joan Sims has never been better than as the randy landlady, Dick Emery (who I've never really found sympathetic elsewhere) is very good indeed, and there is a lovely cameo from Derek Guyler as a musically obsessed Police Sergeant.

There are 3 quite outstanding scenes:-

The first evening meal chez Sims with Emery's explanation of bird watching.

Guyler taking down the particulars of the theft of a lorry full of tools.

Emery and Sims discussing the possibility of changed sleeping arrangements.

Don't miss the gem of a movie!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sid james collection 30 Mar 2011
By steve p
to be honest i got this set for the big job witch is a great movie very good print for its age the orther movives are good to just the thing for a wet sunday afternoon one draw back no subs witch would have been nice
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